Can we all just agree, Italian ice cream is to die for? I moved to my neighbourhood in 2015, which was when I realised that Madrid had a Little Italy – actually it’s so little that very few Madrileños are aware of its existence. Get lost in the area bordered by the calles Rios Rosas, Santa Engracia, Raimundo Fernandez Villaverde and Jose Abascal and you will discover Italian restaurants, pizzerias, delis, cafés and, best of all, DaROMA.
DaROMA stays open all year, but is coming into its own now the weather has turned warm. Stay, go or sit outside on the terraza to enjoy your ice cream or “granita” (like a slushy, but made with natural fruit so it won’t turn your mouth blue!). I like the coffee granita, which is both refreshing and energizing, but as with the ice cream, flavours change daily. Today it was in the mid-30s – perfect weather for the watermelon granita I treated myself to.
Ice creams and sorbets come in a choice of cup or cone; the difficult bit is picking what flavours to have, but don’t worry if you can’t decide. They let you sample a little spoonful to help you make your mind up. There are the old Italian favourites like nocciola (hazelnut) and stracciatella (cream with chocolate shavings), as well as more modern ones, like strawberry cheesecake, banana and cookie.
Now can I try yours?